Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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North Pinellas Hometown

Clearwater Aquarium accepts donation for after-school STEM program: Clearwater Marine Aquarium accepted a $25,000 donation from AT&T last month to support an after-school STEM program for students in Pinellas County. The program allows students ages 11 to 14 to gain hands-on experiences and inspire a greater interest in math and science programs. The aquarium's after-school program supports Title I schools by providing immersive STEM curriculum for the "middle school juncture," where children are likely to lose interest in STEM subjects. The check presentation included a boat ride in Clearwater Bay with a net pulling in a big check from AT&T.

Safety Harbor Kiwanis name new Sea Hawk Award winners: The Safety Harbor Kiwanis honored students at the second Sea Hawk Awards ceremony this year. Three students selected received recognition from the Kiwanis with trophies and a monetary award. Seventh-grade student Lauren Maki was chosen by teacher Scott Johnson for helping others before herself. Paula Sanchez and Emelio Kandy were picked by seventh-grade teacher Candes Clifford for their high standard of character and citizenship. These three and other students were honored with parents, families and teachers at the special awards breakfast.

Largo Medical named top performer by Joint Commission: Largo Medical Center was the only hospital in Pinellas County to receive the Joint Commission's Top Performer award throughout all five years of the program's existence. Largo Medical Center also is one of just 117 hospitals nationwide to achieve this status for five years. The Joint Commission is the nation's leading accreditor of health care organizations. This program recognizes hospitals that attain excellence in evidence-based care in core measure performance data.

St. Alfred's Episcopal in Palm Harbor welcomes new priest: The Rev. Dr. Gina Walsh-Minor was accepted as the new priest-in-charge at St. Alfred's Episcopal Church in Palm Harbor. Walsh-Minor served the Diocese of New Jersey since 2003 as vicar at two churches and interim rector at another. She also was interim director of human resources at Riverside Church in New York City. For the past seven years, she served as rector of Trinity Church in Cranford, N.J. Walsh-Minor received her master's in divinity from General Theological Seminary and also holds a doctorate in organizational development and human resources management and a master's in community counseling.

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Rays journal: Could Sergio Romo be looking at pitching 3 straight games?

Rays journal: Could Sergio Romo be looking at pitching 3 straight games?

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays' pitching rotation for the weekend series against the Orioles could have a familiar look: Romo, Romo, Romo.Manager Kevin Cash said using veteran right-handed reliever Sergio Romo as the "opener" in all three upcoming g...
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Rookie’s error in 9th helps doom Rays against Red Sox

Rookie’s error in 9th helps doom Rays against Red Sox

ST. PETERSBURG — Willy Adames was so excited to be in the big leagues, even if was for just a three-day cameo callup. So thrilled to make a smashing debut with a homer on Tuesday. So proud to have his parents and sister fly in from the Dom...
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‘This looks bleak.’ Game 7 loss short circuits Lightning fans

‘This looks bleak.’ Game 7 loss short circuits Lightning fans

TAMPA — Nick Genovese was anxious.The 21-year-old from Land O’Lakes had come to Thunder Alley outside Amalie Arena hoping to see the Tampa Bay Lightning triumph over the Washington Capitals in Wednesday night’s Eastern Conference winner-take-all Game...
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Lightning’s season ends one win short of Stanley Cup final with 4-0 loss to Capitals

Lightning’s season ends one win short of Stanley Cup final with 4-0 loss to Capitals

TAMPA — The Lightning's dream season ended late Wednesday with the final horn, or, if you prefer, early in the second period of Game 5, when it scored its last goal of the Eastern Conference final.How about that? The team with the most regular-...
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Lightning-Capitals: Tampa Bay had its chances. Here are the best ones

Lightning-Capitals: Tampa Bay had its chances. Here are the best ones

TAMPA — Yanni Gourde said he will have to see a replay to know just how it got away, but even in a lopsided 4-0 loss like Wednesday night, he'll remember the puck in front of an empty net, and the missed opportunity that encapsulated a frustrat...
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Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Wednesday’s Rays-Red Sox game

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Wednesday’s Rays-Red Sox game

In a way, the timing of RHP Jake Faria's oblique injury seemed manageable in that RHP Nathan Eovaldi is close to coming off the disabled list and can step in. But on the other hand, the Rays finally could have four regular starters. Imagine that.Ther...
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Lightning-Capitals: A hurt that could last forever

Lightning-Capitals: A hurt that could last forever

TAMPA — This one stings. And it will ache for a long time. Maybe forever in these parts.Another chance for a Stanley Cup. Another disappointment. As the Lightning skated off the ice after losing Wednesday night's Game 7 of the Eastern Conferenc...
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Woman hit, killed while crossing road in Tampa

TAMPA — A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle while crossing N 40th Street near E Hanlon Street on Wednesday night, according to Tampa police.The crash took place just before 8 p.m. The driver was heading north on 40th Street before strikin...
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Son tells NC police he found dog leash around neck of strangled Hillsborough developer Bill Bishop

Son tells NC police he found dog leash around neck of strangled Hillsborough developer Bill Bishop

After a prominent Hillsborough County developer died last month in North Carolina, word spread it was a heart attack that claimed his life.But records from that state show the death of William "Bill" Bishop was much more complicated.His 16-year-old s...
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Lightning-Capitals: Grading Tampa Bay’s 4-0 loss in Game 7

Lightning-Capitals: Grading Tampa Bay’s 4-0 loss in Game 7

TAMPA — Forget Vegas.The Lightning have left the building.No more season. No more watch parties. No more anything.There is no way around it. Jon Cooper's team couldn't finish, not in Game 7 at home, not in the Eastern Conference final...
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